GIS 3043

Foundations of Geographic Information Systems

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Prof: Anwar Sounny-slitine / Spring 2022

Apr 1, 2022

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I thought this class would be the best one of my degree to prepare me for the workforce but I would disagree with that outlook having taken it now. It's mainly labs, some are much easier than others, if you can google a solution and follow it you will do fine.

Course Content

Some of the labs are very old, the best lab walkthroughs are through ESRI, the steps are longwinded or outdated. I wouldn't say I have a 'foundation' in GIS after this course, I know how to google to get what the rubric wants and that is all.

Comments on the professor

The professor has a great personality and he seems to really want to help you but I found that he likes to take non-direct paths to the point in his lectures. They are fun and he makes them relatable but you don't need to watch them at all to do well in the course. The lab videos on the other hand are hit and miss, they will either walk you through the assignment step by step or be a decade old and you'll need to google 'how to do x,y, or z in arcgis pro' over and over again to get through a lab. I never attended the offic hour and he doesn't respond much in the group chat he creates tbh. The semester is almost over and he hasn't graded any assignment that I've submitted all semester but he is chill with deadlines.

Advice

If you're bad at troubleshooting, bad at computers, have never taken a programming course, or have a mac computer take GIS3001C Spatial Maps and Graphs first, if you can do any of the above you can take both of these courses together with no problem. GIS3001C is cake and GIS3043 is a bit more complicated but was still disappointing to me in terms of real life preparedness.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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3OK Class
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3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

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4Good Prof

Prof: Anwar Sounny-slitine / Fall 2021

Jan 4, 2022

Comments on the course

Overall, if you don’t let the assignments build up and attend office hours If needed, class shouldn’t be extremely difficult.

Course Content

The content is just a bunch of mini projects/assignments which help one learn the different GIS software tools.

Comments on the professor

Make sure to join the GroupMe that the professor provides as that is the best way to contact him.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Anwar Sounny-slitine / Fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021

Comments on the course

It was a really decent course. If you are tech savvy this will definitely be an easier course. Being very bad with tech, this course was more difficult for me. The videos that he presented showed differently laid out programs than what I was seeing. Sometimes the assignments were confusing but overall manageable. Some weeks could have a lot more lecture material.

Course Content

This course is very lab heavy, there is usually a weekly quiz and a couple of labs to do. They were interesting assignments but I personally do not think I will use it again.

Comments on the professor

He was an amazing professor, if you had any concerns all you had to do was reach out to him. He did not grade things very timely, but once I reached out to him he graded everything that same day. He is very understanding, so if you do have concerns he is willing to help.

Advice

Do not wait until the last minute to do all of the labs (everything in course is due at end of semester)

Delivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Anwar Sounny-slitine / Fall 2021

Dec 13, 2021

Comments on the course

It was a really decent course. If you are tech savvy this will definitely be an easier course. Being very bad with tech, this course was more difficult for me. The videos that he presented showed differently laid out programs than what I was seeing. Sometimes the assignments were confusing but overall manageable. Some weeks could have a lot more lecture material.

Course Content

This course is very lab heavy, there is usually a weekly quiz and a couple of labs to do. They were interesting assignments but I personally do not think I will use it again.

Comments on the professor

He was an amazing professor, if you had any concerns all you had to do was reach out to him. He did not grade things very timely, but once I reached out to him he graded everything that same day. He is very understanding, so if you do have concerns he is willing to help.

Advice

Do not wait until the last minute to do all of the labs (everything in course is due at end of semester)

Delivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
Assignment HeavyQuiz HeavyExam Heavy

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